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Key to the City April 14, 2017

Post Date:04/14/2017 10:00 a.m.



April 14, 2017

Participate in the City Nature Challenge April 14-18

BirdThe city of Pflugerville has partnered with Austin and 17 other organizations in the Texas Parks and Wildlife's (TPW) City Nature Challenge. It's a friendly competition between the Austin, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth areas. The challenge runs from Friday, April 14 through Tuesday, April 18. To participate, download the free iNaturalist app and snap away. Upload photos of any type of wildlife, insects, flowers and plants to score points for Pflugerville/Austin. The event is happening in many cities all across the country. For more details visit the TPW website.

Swim lesson registration begins April 17

Swimming is an important, life-saving skill. Make sure you and your family play it safe in the water. Swim lesson registration begins for residents on Monday, April 17 and non-residents on Monday, April 24.  Every child and adult should know proper swim instruction before they jump into a pool. Water safety is important, and with proper technique swimmers protect themselves and others in the water. swim lesson

All city of Pflugerville swim lesson instructors are certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors who are dedicated to teaching children the benefits of proper water safety and learning how to swim.

Classes run on Monday through Thursday mornings or Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.  Tuesday - Friday. Parent and child classes start for children as young as six months old. Parent/Child and preschool classes are $35 for residents and $45 for non-residents.  Beginner and various level classes are 40 minutes long and are $45 for residents and $55 for non-residents.  Register at Non-residents may register beginning Monday, April 24.

Public input wanted on use of Community Development Block Grant Funds

The first of two public hearings was held at City Council on Tuesday, April 11, for feedback on use of funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Public input is requested on proposed uses of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The proposed projects include: senior center renovations at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, youth program scholarships for camp and classes at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, Mill Creek Drive roadway improvements and two alternate projects of Frost Circle Road improvements and Green Meadows Drive road improvements. Get more information about the CDBG online at

Today's episode of Pflugerville Pfocus highlights some of the proposed projects. Watch today's episode on YouTube at

It's public safety telecommunicators week

NationalTelecommunications WeekNational Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is designated as a time when citizens can thank the men and women who work in public safety positions, respond to emergency calls, and dispatch emergency professionals and equipment during times of crisis. Citizens can show gratitude to 9-1-1 calltakers, dispatchers, technicians that maintain radio and emergency phone systems, communications staff trainers, communications center personnel, and other public safety telecommunications staff across the country who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to help you during emergencies. For additional information, please visit
The Pflugerville Police Department's communication team cares for the Pflugerville community and works diligently around the clock to provide service for the citizens and police officers. Thank you for all you do. Pictured is Mayor Pro Tem Omar Peña with Chief Robledo and the telecommunications team.

New Maker Kits available at the library

New maker kits at the library

Did you know that you can check out a range of tools for crafts, art and technology from the Pflugerville Public Library? The library recently expanded its collection of marker kits for cardholders age 12 and older to check out. The new kits include the following tools: toddler microscope, Code-a-pillar, Viewmaster VR viewers, beading tools, Magformers, camcorders, engravers and straw building kits. For instructions on how to reserve a kit and the full list of kits that are available, visit

New VR maker kitLibrary members can keep kits for two weeks at a time. Each kit comes with most items needed to complete a project, as well as instructional books with project ideas. Don’t forget to keep a watch out for Adult Craft Night and Pfab Lab classes on the library calendar. View the calendar here


April is national Safe Digging Month 

811_callOne call to 811 gets your utility lines marked and protects you, Before you dig at your home,  be sure to call 811 and know what’s below. Follow the safe digging process to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. One free, easy call gets your utility lines marked and helps protect you from injury and expense. 

811 is a federally-mandated number designated by the FCC to consolidate all local “Call Before You Dig” numbers and help save lives. One easy phone call to 811 quickly and easily begins the process of getting underground utility lines marked. Local call center personnel will then notify affected utility companies, who will continue to mark underground lines for free. 

Coloring eggs ? Recycle those cartons.

egg cartonExtra empty egg cartons will abound in trash cans next week, from households whose families dye eggs for the Easter holiday. After the kids (and parents) have egg hunting fun, remember how to properly recycle the cartons. Plastic and cardboard cartons can go into your everyday recycling bin; however, the foam cartons must be recycled at special drop-off locations. Better yet: recycle them into seedling starter containers for your garden. Learn more at

What's Happening

Provide Pfeedback. Take the resident survey - The city seeks your input in the 2017 resident survey. The city invites any resident interested in providing feedback to the city to participate in the survey which is posted online. You have until April 17 at 5 p.m. to provide feedback via this online survey link. Thank you in advance for providing your feedback.

Pfarmers Market is Tuesday, April 25 - Come out for the final early Pfarmers Market before the summer season begins, from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road.  Shop vendors and purchase fresh produce. Also visit the Heritage House, which is open for touring from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

City rain barrel sale; conserve water - The city of Pflugerville has rain barrels for sale. A Springsaver 50-gallon is $64.99 and a Rainsaver 54-gallon is $84.99. The manufacturer also offers larger sizes. The last day to order a rain barrel is April 30. 

Movie Matinee Double Pfeature at the library - Come to the library for a free double feature on April 15. Watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, © Warner Bros., at 1 p.m. and A Monster Calls, © Focus Features, at 4 p.m. Both movies are rated PG-13. There will be a small break between movies.

Adult Coloring Club - Meet new friends and enjoy therapeutic coloring. Bring your favorite coloring book or use the library's supplies. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. The next meeting of the Adult Coloring Club is on Monday, April 17 at 2 p.m. in the Pflugerville Library Pfab Lab.

Pflugerville Library and Recreation Center are both closed on Sunday, April 16 in observance of Easter. The library will reopen Monday, April 17 at 10 a.m.
Most regular Pflugerville Library programs are on a break for staff training from Monday, April 17 to Friday, April 21. Check the calendar for more information.

This Week

Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; PW - Public Works O - Other

Saturday, April 15 - Movie Matinee: Fantastic Beasts and where to find them (L); Saturday story time (L); Movie screening: A monster calls (L)

Sunday, April 16 Library closed (L) Recreation Center closed (P&R)

Monday, April 17-  Swim lesson registration residents (P&R); Adult coloring club (L); Intermediate computer class (L)

Tuesday, April 18 - PfKnitters (L)

Wednesday, April 19 - Walk-in computer help (L);

Thursday, April 20 -Eat smart, live strong (L); mystery book club (L); Parks and Recreation Commission (B&C); 

Saturday, April 22 - Pfree running class (P&R), 10 a.m. Second in a series of four free classes.


April 25 Pfarmers Market - Last of the early season shopping dates at Heritage Park / Green Red Barn. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Shop for pfresh produce and more. 

April 25 HamilTeen Night - Can't get enough of your favorite Founding Father? Geek out over Hamilton the musical with other fans. Compete in a trivia contest, join in a teen-friendly sing-a-long and make some Hamilton-themed crafts. Come to the library for a fun-filled night on April 25 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event is for ages 12-18. 

April 27 Hoppy Hour - De-stress with the wonderful animals of the Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo. Attendees will get hands-on time with cute animals. Work on adult coloring or play a fun tabletop game while you wait to hold the animals. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided while they last. Adult Hoppy Hour will be held at the Pflugerville Public Library on April 27 at 6:30 p.m.

April 29 Pflugerville Book Pfestival - The second annual Book Pfestival celebrates Texas authors with interviews, book signings, presentations and crafts on Saturday, April 29 from 1 to 5:30 p.m., at the Pflugerville Library. Winners of the library’s poetry contest will do a reading of their poetry. There will also be a special Story Time for kids. All ages are welcome to this free event. For a list of authors and their biographies, visit